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Oregon reports 342 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 333, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 342 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 19,699. The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (1), Columbia (5), Coos (3), Crook (1), Deschutes (8), Douglas (5), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (17), Jefferson (13), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (12), Linn (1), Malheur (33), Marion (23), Morrow (11), Multnomah (57), Polk (4), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (61), Union (4), Wasco (1), Washington (29), and Yamhill (15).

Oregon’s 329th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 19 and died on July 27 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 330th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on July 30 and died on August 1 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 331st COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 28 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 332nd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on July 27 and died on August 2 at Good Shepherd Health Care System. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 333rd COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 27 and died on August 2 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



BEND, OR -- Commercial real estate has some bright spots in Central Oregon in the COVID-19 economy. Pat Kesgard of Compass Commercial real estate says businesses in urban areas like, Portland, Seattle and L.A. are moving here to avoid stringent pandemic restrictions, and, in some cases, issues related to the demonstrations. Kesgard says they’re having a hard time keeping up with the demand. Multi-family housing is also a big draw for investors. He says, however, restaurant and retail properties are still a question mark. He says most businesses are managing rent payments, which is good sign.

 



BEND, OR -- Two Bend Fire & Rescue (BF&R) first responders have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Both firefighters are in stable condition with minimal signs or symptoms and are currently in quarantine at their residences. One of the first responders was exposed on duty and was immediately given a COVID-19 test at a clinic and sent home for self-isolation. The other first responder was exposed on vacation, took a test as soon as symptoms arose, and did not return to work.

 

 



REDMOND, OR  -- Deschutes County Commissioners have approved the sale of 7-point-5-million dollars of revenue bonds by Housing Works. The bond money will be used for a new 47-unit, multi-family apartment complex in Redmond called Midtown Place. The Executive Director of Housing Works, David Brandt says rents range from the high seven hundreds for a one-bedroom to 13-hundred for a 3 bedroom. He says Housing Works bought the land from urban renewal for 650-thousand dollars. Brandt says they received a 450-thousand-dollar Community Development Block Grant from the city of Redmond and then used Housing Works reserves for the 200-thousand dollar balance. Construction will start this fall and finish in about a year.



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook county has had a low virus rate count but that has changed…noticeably…in the last two weeks. Information Officer Vicky Ryan says the jump in virus cases is due to workplace environments and social gatherings, meaning community spread. She says it is still important to wear a mask, social distance and wash hands. Ryan says St Charles Prineville has had four caregivers test positive but there is no threat to the community. She says the four have been isolated and all their contacts have been monitored every day and the hospital is safe. Ryan says anyone with questions about the virus is urged to contact Crook County Health Department.

 



CENTRAL OREGON --  Human remains were found yesterday off China Hat Road south of Bend. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Lieutenant William Bailey says a person walking their dog made the discovery. He says an autopsy is planned to determine identity and the cause of death. Bailey says detectives are checking missing person files. Bailey says he won’t speculate as to how long the body had been there, but says the clothing the man was wearing was consistent with much cooler temperatures.

 



(San Diego, CA)  --  Two Oregon men are among nine military members killed when an amphibious assault vehicle sank off the San Diego County coast in California last week.  The U.S. Marine Corps released a statement last night identifying the soldiers killed in the accident Thursday.  Lance Corporal Chase D. Sweetwood of Portland and Private First Class Jack Ryan Ostrovsky of Bend were both killed in the incident.  They were both riflemen with Bravo Company, BLT 1-4.  The AAV sank as it was leaving San Clemente Island.



Oregon reports 272 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 328, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 272 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 19,366.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (2), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (2), Coos (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (2), Jackson (9), Jefferson (1), Josephine (2), Klamath (2), Lane (5), Lincoln (4), Linn (6), Malheur (3), Marion (27), Morrow (1), Multnomah (49), Polk (7), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (64), Wasco (9), Washington (19), and Yamhill (27).

Oregon’s 327th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 6 and died on August 1. His place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 328th COVID-19 death is a 50-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 29, at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



BEND, OR -- The Land Conservation and Development Commission met recently and adopted new rules to allow duplexes on single family lots. Nick Lelack with Deschutes County Community Development was recently appointed to the commission. He says the rules apply to medium sized cities between 10-thousand and 25-thousand residents. Lelack says the commission is fulfilling the requirements of legislation passed last year in House bill 2001, which seeks to support more housing options for Oregonians. The bill also requires larger cities to allow for triplex, quadplex and other multi-family units to inhabit single family lots. Those rules will be addressed this fall.



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners meet at 1-this afternoon. On the agenda is consideration to set a hearing for the Crooked River Ranch Special Road District Annexation. The board will also consider a request  to sign an order to approve the issuance of 7-point-5-million dollars of revenue bonds by the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority. The bonds would finance a 47 unit multi-family apartment project in Redmond.. Also today, county commissioners will also discuss a Marijuana Opt-Out Measure on the ballot this year.  

 



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook County Schools has announced only students in Kindergarten through 3 grades will be in the classroom September 8th…all other classes will be on-line. School District spokesman Jason Carr says to get all students back in the classroom Crook county has to meet new state metrics. He says they require 10 or fewer virus cases per 100-thousand people…and…an active virus case rate of less than 5-per cent of the population for three weeks. Carr says not having students in the classroom will be a challenge for working parents. He says the school district is retooling distance learning options based on parent feedback.  



BEND, OR -- A 25-thousand-dollar interest-free loan was given to a Bend business, The Haven, on Friday. City Councilor Chris Piper says the loan has a unique feature. As the loan is paid back the payment goes into a fund to make more loans to other small businesses.  The Bend Small Business Relief Fund is a partnership with the Foundation for Affordable Housing and the Change Reaction. Piper says loans are available to businesses with less than 15 employees…annual income of less than 1-million dollars with loans ranging from 5-thousand to 25-thousand dollars.

 



REDMOND, OR -- Early Saturday afternoon, two Madras residents were killed in a collision on Highway 97 at the O'Neil Highway.  Oregon State Police report a 2004 Honda Odyssey was entering Highway 97 when it was struck by a tractor-trailer rig. 53-year-old Robert Gregg and his 46-year-old passenger, Antonia Romero, were both killed.  The truck driver was not injured. The highway was partially closed for several hours.

 



Oregon reports 330 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 325, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 330 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 18,817.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (5), Columbia (5), Crook (1), Deschutes (12), Douglas (3), Jackson (18), Jefferson  (4), Josephine (5), Klamath (1), Lane (12), Linn (6), Malheur (17), Marion (40), Morrow (8), Multnomah (69), Polk (4), Sherman (4), Umatilla (33), Wasco (4), Washington (43), and Yamhill (15).

Oregon’s 323rd COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 31, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 324th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on July 26 and died on July 30, at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 325th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28. Her place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

30

0

950

Benton

154

6

8,215

Clackamas

1,377

36

37,968

Clatsop

78

0

3,479

Columbia

78

0

4,280

Coos

84

0

3,905

Crook

43

1

1,677

Curry

14

0

1,013

Deschutes

530

8

17,546

Douglas

128

1

7,754

Gilliam

4

0

157

Grant

2

0

504

Harney

8

0

550

Hood River

165

0

3,558

Jackson

370

1

18,583

Jefferson

303

3

3,076

Josephine

103

1

6,597

Klamath

194

1

6,897

Lake

32

0

482

Lane

511

3

40,262

Lincoln

391

9

6,657

Linn

244

10

10,493

Malheur

663

9

3,125

Marion

2,614

67

29,101

Morrow

296

1

1,078

Multnomah

4,403

92

86,036

Polk

286

12

4,771

Sherman

13

0

241

Tillamook

24

0

1,984

Umatilla

1,977

24

8,827

Union

388

2

2,407

Wallowa

19

1

664

Wasco

158

3

3,251

Washington

2,783

23

55,434

Wheeler

0

0

137

Yamhill

350

11

9,140

Total

18,817

325

390,799

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.  

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



Crater Lake National Park Implements Fire Restrictions 

 

CRATER LAKE, OREGON – With the increased fire danger in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park will go into stage one fire restrictions. The outlook is for above normal significant wildland fire potential for the next several months.  

   

To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, the following restrictions were implemented effective at 12:01AM on Friday, July 31, 2020:   

 

Campfires 

  • Wood fires and charcoal fires are permitted only within established grills or fire rings, or portable self-contained grills, in the following designated areas: 
    • Mazama Campground 
    • Park residential areas 
  • Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas, and residential areas. 

 

Smoking 

  • Smoking is permitted only in the following areas: 
    • In vehicles, provided that an ashtray is used for ashes and butts. 
    • While stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or free of all flammable materials. Ashes and butts must be disposed of safely and may not be discarded on the ground. 

 

Fireworks 

  • Fireworks are prohibited in the park at all times. 

 

These restrictions are implemented pursuant to the authority described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 2.13(c), 2.21(a) and 2.38 (b). Our goal is voluntary compliance; however, persons who fail to comply with these restrictions may be cited or arrested. Thank you for your 

cooperation. 

-NPS- 

 


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